Oct. 26, 2007
Both teams have an unbeaten streak on the line as Boston University and UMBC face off on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. on Nickerson Field. The Retrievers are 8-4-3 and have not lost in their last four games (3-0-1), while the Terriers have not lost since Oct. 6 (3-0-2) and have an overall record of 8-5-1.
In BU's (8-5-1, 2-1-2 America East) last outing, the Terriers played 110:00 minutes and ended in a 1-1 draw with Hartford on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in West Hartford, Conn. UH struck first, 11:19 in to the game. That goal stood up until the 84th minute when freshman forward Aaron O'Neal (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the year after an assist from sophomore Andrej Bjegovic (St. Germain en Laye, France). BU was awarded a free kick which was sent into the box and bounced from Bjegovic to O'Neal.
O'Neal leads BU in scoring with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Red-shirt sophomore Joe Cullaro (New York, N.Y.) has taken over for injured classmate Hrafn Davidsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) in net. Cullaro has recorded two shutouts this year and has a goals against average (GAA) of 0.72 and a save percentage of .750 through seven games.
UMBC (8-4-3, 3-1-1 AE) has not allowed a goal in its last four games, including a 4-0 win over Howard last Tuesday. The Retrievers are tied for first in the nation in most shutouts, with 10 in 15 games and have out-scored their last seven opponents 16-1. In the win over Howard, the Retrievers scored the game-winner in the 31st minute after Sean Rothe put a volley off a Bison header in the lower right corner of the net. UMBC tacked on three more goals in the second half. Andrew Gillis leads the Retrievers on offense, with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Steve King has started all 15 contests in net for UMBC and has a GAA of 0.52 and a save percentage of .877.
UMBC holds a 2-1-1 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to just 2003. The Retrievers won the inaugural game, 1-0, but BU exacted revenge the next year with a 2-0 home victory. UMBC won the next year, 3-0, but in the last meeting the teams played to a 1-1 tie.
Boston University faces New Hampshire on Wednesday, Oct. 31 before finishing out the regular season at Vermont at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3.